This page aims to help you remove Vprotect as well as give an answer to the question – “What is vprotect application?”. These Vprotect removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

What is Vprotect application?

Many users are concerned about a suspicious process, known as vprot.exe. If you also have detected this process running constantly in the Task Manager, then you should know what exactly you are dealing with. In this article, you will find information about this program and how it appeared on your PC. Our security experts have detected a potentially unwanted program which may be distributed under the same name as a valid process associated with the AVG anti-virus solution. If you want to check whether your copy of Vprotect is a safe one, please read the information below.

We know that users’ biggest fears are viruses. Therefore, the question you probably have in your head is “Is this a virus”? Fortunately, we can clear out your concerns. Vprotect is not a virus, but a process, normally related to the Vprotect application. This application belongs to the reputed security software AVG Security Toolbar and its related applications – AVG Technologies, AVG SafeGuard toolbar or AVG Nation toolbar. If you have AVG software installed on your PC, there is really no need to be concerned, because vprot.exe is a part of it.

However, our security experts have found a potentially unwanted Vprotect application, which is spreading itself on the web as a ‘legitimate anti-spyware’. Therefore, if you do not have AVG Toolbar or any other AVG programs on your computer, you should stop vprot.exe from executing and think about removing it from your machine.

What could this program potentially Do?

If you keep Vprotect on your PC, you may experience some of the following activities. This program may start performing some fake system scans and may try to persuade you that your PC is infected with serious threats like viruses and malware. Once installed, it may repeatedly run its scanners to the system without asking for your approval. Have in mind, that it’s scan reports may display results about computer threats and famous virus names. However, this is used just like a trick to panic you, and make you buy a license key to unlock the full version of the program and have it activated. Unfortunately, buying the product may not resolve any of the detected threats, and the reason is very simple – none of them may be real. In fact the fake Vprotect anti-virus appears to be rogue software, which has no official distribution channel, it only uses shady schemes like program bundling to get inside users’ computers.

To buy or not to buy?

Of course, if you have some extra cash to spend on this product, you may actually think buy it. However, it is highly recommended to inform yourself on what this program actually does before purchasing the license key. You may find for example that security experts may categorize this program as potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are several reasons for that.

Pups, in general, are programs, which may not really deliver the functionality they promise, or sometimes, they are just not good enough to do what they claim they are doing. Such programs sometimes may behave in a way that is disturbing the users activity and even if they are not directly related to any malicious actions, they still may be referred to as unwanted. PUPs usually use aggressive tactics to scare you into a purchase.

The Vprotect application, in this case, may be named as a PUP, because many users may be disturbed by the constant messages that are popping up on their screen as a result of its scanning activity. Also, this program appears to be incapable of detecting or removing any viruses from the affected PC, since most of the treats shown in the reports are more likely to be fake and created with the sole aim to trick the users to purchase the full version. Additionally, when you buy this program, you may expose your credit card details to unknown third parties. It goes without saying that generally, having such sensitive data exposed may cause serious issues related to your security. Finally, there is a chance that even when you purchase the license, it may keep disturbing you with potentially unwanted scans and security messages. If you really want to protect your PC, it is a good idea to remove Vprotect from your system and get a good scan with a reputable antivirus software. Last, but not least, if you want to be safe, make sure that you surf the net carefully and keep your guard up.

How to remove it?

If you think that your computer is running a fake Vprotect version, you should take immediate actions and uninstall it without any hesitation. In the guide below you will find what you need to do in order to remove it safely from your system. Do follow the steps carefully, because some of the files may be hidden deep in the system.



Name Vprotect
Type PUP
Danger Level Medium ( It may run fake system scans for malware and disturb you with virus detected messages)
Symptoms Runs virus system scans without your approval, generates  reports and pop up messages related to your system security to scare you into a purchase.
Distribution Method Distributed as potentially unwanted program with other free software, torrents, software updates. etc.
Detection Tool Malware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove Vprotect



Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This is the first preparation.


The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this. Vprotect may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:


Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.


Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:


If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random


If these things fail to help you find Vprotect you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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